Twenty-fourth Report of the Devon Bird-Watching and Preservation Society, 1951. Recorder for birds--F.R.Smith. There are short reports on special enquiries : (a) Swift Migration.--Cold weather for 4 or 5 days in May caused such a remarkable disappearance of Swifts t h a t " it seems feasible t h a t for several days this species was ' grounded ' ". Some birds remained exceptionally late : there were several October records, and one was seen on a number of occasions from November 15th to December 3rd. (b) Black Redstarts.--There was no evidence of breeding, and although 6 birds were observed on the south coast on January n t h (1952), " an unusual feature of this year's records is the lack of evidence of any wintering birds." (c) Spotted Flycatchers.--The collection is continuing of reports of every aspect of behaviour in as much detail as possible. The main body of the report consists of classified notes, the observations on each species being divided into areas shown on a map. Records from W. Somerset and Lundy, appearing in the Devon report, are not included in the following extracts as most of them appear in the review of the Somerset Report (antea, p. 146) or in the Bird Observatories Report (antea, vol. xlv,Raven observed on a sheep's back, searching for ticks ; 42 in a flock on Dartmoor. Magpie is reported as increasing in all areas. A roost of c. 200,000 Starlings in E. Devon in December. A flock of
Volume: 
Issue 6
Authors: 
Hollom, P. A. D
Schaefer, J
Richardson, C
Hollom, P. A. D
Schaefer, J
Richardson, C
Hollom, P. A. D
Schaefer, J
Richardson, C

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